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should people with a psychotic disorder watch small children alone

You can't be too rigid on this one.
Of course, someone who is psychotic should not be left to care for small children. But someone who "has" a psychotic disorder, that's a completely different thing. They might be medicated and not have had an episode for months or years, but they're still described as having that disorder.
For example, my wife is bipolar I. That's classified as a psychotic disorder. However, she is medicated and functioning normally. we have a son and she is alone with him lots. I can't watch her all the time, and anyway, I don't want to.
So the answer is "it depends."
Most importantly, It depends on whether the person is legally a custodian of the child (ie it's their child) or whether they are considered to be a danger to themselves and/or others.
Sure, be careful, but don't make problems where none exist.  (+ info)

In psychotic disorders, does the psychosis generally cause the delusions, or are they separate?

For instance, could a person believe that his boss was trying to kill him, would that be a result of hallucinations or something else? If a person has Major Depression with Psychotic Features, are their delusions mainlly a result of low- self worth/ feeling overly guilty about things, or is it usually because of the psychosis?

A person fearing someone were out to hurt them would fall under paranoia. Hallucinations include things that are heard or seen or felt such as bugs or voices. Delusions are exaggerations of real life instances such as someone believing that they are best friends with a famous person when in reality they are just a big fan. Or them believing that they will make millions writing a song. They may write, but it is probably unlikely they will become a millionare. I would say that delusions and hallucinations are a result of psychosis. The feelings that you mentioned are signs of depression, but are not necessarily delusions and definitely not hallucinations.  (+ info)

How do lithium drugs work in the treatment of psychotic disorders?

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Are those who were born prematurely more prone to psychotic disorders later on in life? Does any one know?

Was only wondering if it's a contributing factor to such an illness.

I've never heard that to be true.  (+ info)

Can mental disorders turn someone from bright/normal to dumbed down/psychotic?

I started out being a happy bright kid. Always did well in school and in life. I encountered many difficulties in life, and eventually got over them, but somehow ended up experiencing extreme anxiety and depression in my adolescent years. It went away only to resurface within the last two years, and I literally went from bright, speaking affluently with wonderful selections of vocab, to speaking about world events and generally being sophisticated, to a total mess, where at times I couldn't even put a paragraph together without darting on 5 different tangents, and forgetting what I said, and having my mood shift erratically.

I couldn't really see it coming until it got bad, and then I thought to myself, I don't know what I have, but I'm not normal anymore, how I used to be.

Can mental disorders really do this, even if you're not born with them?

Also, is there help to completely reverse or heal what has happened?

It's scary stuff. It really is.

Yes, you can manage and/or heal what you are describing, but you will need to see a psychiatrist for an evaluation, possibly take medication, and spend some time in therapy.

What you are describing can be a number of things. It could be challenged coping skills, anxiety and depression. Perhaps bipolar has manifested, too (teen depression and anxiety is common). It could be post-trauma peeking out, or maybe it's mostly limited to feelings and memories that you need to work thru. In other words, there are lots of possibilities. It's unlikely any will take care of themselves without professional help.

My own guess... bipolar because I've experienced what you are describing.  (+ info)

What is the treatment implications for mood disorders,anxiety disorder, conduct disorder,psychotic disorder?

medication + sleep/behavioral/nutritional/cognitive/one on one therapy  (+ info)

What are the most effective medications for individuals with psychotic disorders, and why?

Do you know which disorder?

Test yourself first then tell me!
http://www.4degreez.com/misc/personality_disorder_test.mv  (+ info)

Do you think children should be prescribed anti-psychotic meds for mood and behavior disorders?

And do you think pre-schoolers should be prescribed ritalin for ADD?

Dumbest idea ever. Just what you'd expect from the pharmaco-industrial complex. Old-fashioned frequent heavy beatings should work much better.  (+ info)

are schizophrenia and dissociative identity disorder both psychotic disorders?

No, schizophrenia is a psychotic disorder. Dissociative identity disorder is a dissociative disorder.  (+ info)

Can major mental diseases (personality disorders, psychotic disorders) be passed to next generations genetacly

If any person and also his/her brother/sister have mental health problem ( personality order or psychotic disorders) but there son/daughter dont have any such problem, can it be possible that the mental disorders recurr to the thired generations ( ie to there grandchildren)?

Sure. Just like physical attributes that express by skipping a generation, mental attributes can also do the same. Genes affect your disposition for all kinds of health issues. Sometimes they skip a generation because the specific combination of genes wasn't expressed in the middle generation and instead lie dormant only to be passed on and re-expressed a generation later. Whether or not it expresses is really a matter of statistics. There is a chance it will get expressed and there is a chance it won't. Only rarely, when both parents have the same gene do the odds get stacked in favor of one chance or the other.

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